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County Commission seeks public comment on new flood plain maps

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Landowners whose properties line the river may want to attend a public hearing in December regarding a new flood plain map for the county.

During a county commission meeting Thursday, Nov. 8, Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings stated they received correspondence from FEMA about new flood plain maps.

"To be in compliance with the new flood insurance rate maps, Saline County must approve an ordinance approving the new flood maps," he said.

Prior to approval, commissioners plan to hold a public hearing on the matter, so property owners can better understand the updated version. Currently, the commission's engineering firm is reviewing the drawings to confirm no mistakes, such as elevation, have been made.

If not approved, landowners will not be eligible for federal flood insurance, Stallings said. There are 14 policies in place right now; the total insurance is $1,827,200.

"In an effort to make sure landowners here are eligible, we will have this public hearing" followed by approving an ordinance that approves the new maps, he continued. Maps are available at the courthouse for the public to review.

The public hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the commission room on the first floor of the courthouse. The engineer will be present, and commissioners must approve the ordinance by Jan. 16, 2013.

In other news, elections may be a thing of the past for some, but for the County Clerk's office, the process continues.

"Thank you to everybody who helped out with putting this election on," County Clerk Debbie Russell said. "It was very successful, really smooth when poll workers brought their machines and their tallies back in."

Ginger Brucks, a candidate for Saline County Treasurer, has apparently requested a recount since she was separated by 14 votes from the County Treasurer-elect Marty Smith. Once the office receives verification from the state that they're certified, the recount process can begin.

Brucks will first have to petition the court to request that action be taken, Russell said.

From there, the clerk's office will receive documentation from the court before they can begin the recount. Russell will have 30 days from the time she receives paperwork from the court to complete the process.

"We can set the machines for that particular race only," she said.

The machine will kick-out any ballots not properly filled out, and the recount team can determine if there was voter intent or not.

Russell also noted the 58 percent voter turnout figure is a bit misleading because it included "inactive" voters. Once those numbers were removed, the turnout rate jumped to about 66 percent.

Other business included the quarterly transfer of $197,000 from Fund 10 to Fund 35 for Saline County justice center. Earlier this week, commissioners reported October's jail grocery funds were $16,969.50, not including breads and fresh vegetables purchased at a local grocery store.

The next regular county commission meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Contact Sarah Reed at
sreed@marshallnews.com



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